About the Artist
Elizabeth Hudson is a published children's book illustrator, muralist, and studio artist based in Austin. After studying drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, she went on to the University of Texas at Austin, studying drawing, painting, history and art history. While taking a break from school, she began working as a freelance muralist and illustrator, completing 30 projects over the course of three years. She has currently shifted towards a dedicated studio practice, exploring autobiographical themes of family, coming of age, spirituality, and mental paradigms in her body of work entitled Portals. The first painting from Portals, entitled Water Bearer, was recently featured in the group exhibition "How We See", at Pencil on Paper Gallery in Farmers Branch.
My identity as an artist is that of a storyteller. Exploring place has been central to my practice, as I pose questions about what it means to take in a landscape, depict it, and then break it down into component pieces that represent my own feelings of home, nostalgia, dreams, and memory. As an artist raised and living in Texas, I have been interested in depicting distinctly Texan landscapes, primarily the piney woods of east Texas. Juxtaposing these places with my own imagination, and nighttime dreams, I weave tales of black Texan heritage, that of my family and the ways I’ve reconciled the joys and pains of our existence. Through the medium of oil I create dream-like worlds, blending reality with the unseen world. The use of abstract, organic shapes in my work represents the intangible parts of life that sit right below the surface. They are moving, pulsating, with their own life force that pushes through to be seen, felt, and interpreted by the viewer, a visual representation of my exploration into my own psyche.